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My Goodness look what we have here.

http://www.theindianprogrammer.com/forum_toc.htm

Pierre Le'Bleu
Saturday, July 06, 2002

Bidding starts at $5[usd] when developers purchased in twin-packs

http://www.projectspring.com/freelance/index.html

Pierre Le'Bleu
Saturday, July 06, 2002

You know, that's rather beautiful.  I've always liked the thought that programmers from poorer nations could contribute positively to the world.  I wondered where to find these places.

I would definitely add a rating system though to that programming auctioning site.  Like ebay.  And have that somehow interact with bids.  Maybe I should set up my own site. ;-)

Sammy
Saturday, July 06, 2002

http://www.elance.com

Pretty useful and reliable source.

Beka Pantone
Sunday, July 07, 2002

I've been looking at a lot of these companies on elance.com, and they've inspired me in ways I haven't been before. 

I'm guessing the strategy of the best teams is to bid low, and network like crazy.  Or get lots of high ratings before charging more.

The inspring thing is that it's just an entertaining... game.  Fast projects with high quality and minimizing costs.  More space to be interesting than topcoder.com.  Small projects, avoiding Brooks' 3-9X cost inflation.

Hmm, there's a succesful American firm in there, but they only seem to do webdesign.  Had they done more, I would've lost Interest.

Sammy
Tuesday, July 09, 2002

I was one of the people that missed the point of elance.com. Until many people I spoke to in trade shows, told me that they had outsourced all their development through elance.com. They had a business concept and outsourced all development. I always thought it was a pretty risky way of doing business, and it turns out that many of those companies are out of business now. But it got me interested in the way elance.com works, and that model had an invigorating effect the amount of companies world wide that where created 'thanks' to elance alone.

A little tip: Being european I found teams in Eastern Europe to be easier to work with, it makes a world of a difference to be able to work on similar time zones.

However encouraging this post may seem, I am generally "against" outsourcing, but in certain cases it makes a lot of sense.

Beka Pantone
Wednesday, July 10, 2002

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